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24th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force heavy bombers are scheduled to participate in United States First Army offensive (Operation COBRA) to penetrate German defences West of Saint-Lo and secure Coutances. Bad weather causes the ground forces to delay attack until next day, and cloud conditions cause 1,102 heavy bomber aborts. In all, 352 heavy bombers attack primary target area near Saint-Lo, and 132 bomb other points, including road intersections and railway lines. 405 fighters of 10 groups fly support sorties. Later 3 of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups strafe ground targets. 3 fighters and 3 bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 11 groups of bombers scheduled to participate in Operation COBRA have missions cancelled due to weather. 5 groups of medium bombers hit rail bridges and 5 groups of medium bombers and light bombers strike 3 fuel and ammunition dumps. Fighters fly escort to IX Bomber Command, fly area cover, bomb installations in Laval Nantes Le Mans Chartres areas, and hit bridges and supply dumps in support of United States First Army.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges at Chivasso, Peschiera del Garda, Imperia, and Ronco Scrivia, and viaduct at Ovada. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit ammunition supplies while fighter-bombers attack rail lines in Po Valley, destroying and damaging numerous railway cars, as United States Fifth Army begins regrouping along the Arno.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack tank repair and ball bearing works in Turin, the harbour at Genoa, airfields at Valence, La Tresorerie and Les Chanoines, and troop concentrations at Sjenica, Prijepolje, Pljevlja, and Andrijevica. Fighters provide escort and strafe Prizren area.

Tenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Kamaing and Mogaung areas while 28 P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mohnyin and Naungtalaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-40 fighters bomb railroad facilities at Sienning. 22 P-40 fighters pound Pailochi airfield, destroying about 30 aeroplanes and causing heavy destruction in general. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-40 fighters hit town of Puchi, causing several fires. 46 P-40 fighters hit river and road traffic, enemy concentrations, and targets at Changsha, Sinshih, Fulinpu, Hengshan, Liling, Leiyang, and Hengyang. In Canton area 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb White Cloud airfield and town of Tsingyun. 3 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance bomb Ben Thuy railroad yards and strafe junks and barges in coastal areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Operations in the Caroline Islands are restricted to snooper strikes by heavy bombers. Bad weather cancels scheduled strikes in Vogelkop Peninsula area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb antiaircraft positions at Saumlakki. 18 A-20 Havoc light bombers and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb But airfield, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit supply areas at Sauri, and P-39 fighters bomb and strafe bridges and supply dumps in Suain area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Tinian, on which United States Marines land, and Rota. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative shipping search.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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